There's a Gold-Standard Treatment for Opioid Addiction. What Keeps Treatment Centers From Using It?
A quest through California to find which addiction and recovery centers aren't using medication-assisted treatment—our country's best bet for beating the opioid crisis.
A Decade After the FDA Warned Doctors About Methadone, States Finally Stopped Recommending It
When used as a pain reliever, methadone is especially likely to cause unintentional overdoses.
Five Studies: Understanding America's Opioid Crisis
After 20 years of skyrocketing addiction rates, how can the United States get its pill problem under control?
How America Overdosed on Drug Courts
Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. But after 25 years, the verdict is in: Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and they put lives in danger.
Here's What's Wrong With How U.S. Doctors Respond to Painkiller Misuse
Too often, Americans with painful medical conditions who misuse pain pills like Oxycontin are denied further treatment and even prosecuted. There are more effective, enlightened responses—as the U.K. has shown for decades.
Never Before Has Our Approach to Drugs Improved So Much, So Fast
We're winning: More progress has been made toward enlightened drug policies and treatment in the past five years than in the previous 25. Here's an advocacy agenda to take us even closer to the future we need.
Pharma's Fraught Quest for Addiction Medication Pay Dirt
Examining the medical, moral, and monetary decisions that Alkermes made to bring its drug Vivitrol to market—including a controversial trial in Russia. Are the critics right to cry foul?